What is Placemaking?

Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.

Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.

You may have seen the work Placemaking showing up in a lot of places these days.  What is placemaking?  What does it mean?  How do I learn more?

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) surveyed website visitors about what Placemaking means to them.  They found that is is a crucial and deeply-valued process for those who feel intimately connected to the places in their lives.  Placemaking shows people just how powerful their collective vision can be. It helps them to re-imagine everyday spaces, and to see anew the potential of parks, downtowns, waterfronts, plazas, neighborhoods, streets, markets, campuses and public buildings.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well-being.

Learn more about Placemaking and how it can help transform public space.  Download the booklet.

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